Fire the programmer (was: Re: Appeal to ISO 639 RA in support of Elfdalian)
Shawn.Steele at microsoft.com
Thu Apr 28 19:24:54 CEST 2016
As a one-liner, yea, it's exciting and points the finger at the application.
But that's being in a car wreck and blaming the other driver (or yourself). Neither of you are going to get to work on time.
Some customers have the ability to just dump the app or fix the program, but many, probably very important, &/or vocal ones, aren't going to have that luxury.
This may not be as bad as a Y2K bug, but it's also a completely avoidable one.
From: Luc Pardon [mailto:lucp at skopos.be]
Sent: Thursday, April 28, 2016 2:47 AM
To: Peter Constable <petercon at microsoft.com>; Shawn Steele <Shawn.Steele at microsoft.com>; Doug Ewell <doug at ewellic.org>; ietf-languages <ietf-languages at iana.org>
Subject: Re: Fire the programmer (was: Re: Appeal to ISO 639 RA in support of Elfdalian)
On 28-04-16 03:08, Peter Constable wrote:
> A "fire the programmer / QA engineer / etc." remark might be
appropriate in some specific situations, but as a generalization seems not at all to take real world situations into consideration.
Of course not. But as a one-liner, it helps drive home the point that, if an application breaks when we introduce a 5-letter subtag, the blame is with the application.
In fact, I was afraid that my comment might lead some to say "See, we can't do 5-letter subtags, there are jobs at stake". You and Shawn have shown that it's not bad as that...
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